Memphis, TN — Monday, April 03, 2017 — Cox Media Group (CMG) Memphis has named Omesh Somaru as its new General Sales Manager for WHBQ-TV FOX 13. Somaru succeeds Michelle Woods, who was recently tapped as GSM for CMG’s KIRO-TV in Seattle, Wash. In this role, Somaru is responsible for leadership and oversight of advertising sales on FOX13 WHBQ, its website FOX13Memphis.com, and its various mobile apps.
Somaru, who joined WHBQ in 2015 as Local Sales Manager, began his media career as an account executive at WKMG in Orlando, Fla. and then as a regional account executive for Comcast sales in Ft. Myers. He joined CMG in 2007 as an AE at WFTV in Orlando. Three years later, Somaru was promoted to Local Sales Manager at CMG Orlando’s WRDQ in Orlando. In 2013 Omesh moved out to San Francisco as the Local Sales Manager at CMG’s previously-owned KICU independent station in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Not only has Omesh been an integral part of FOX 13’s revenue growth since joining us, but he brings outstanding experience with him,” said Paul Briggs, VP and General Manager for WHBQ-TV. “This multi-market experience will be a competitive edge as Omesh works with our outstanding sales team in providing the very best client solutions in the market.”
“I am honored and thankful for this amazing opportunity to lead the FOX13 sales team,” said Somaru. “We will continue to foster client solutions and employee development at the forefront of everything we do.”
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integratedbroadcasting, publishing, directmarketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include14 broadcast television stations andone local cable channel, more than 60radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52million Americans weekly, including more than 31million TV viewers,more than 3.5million newspaper readers, and more than 14 millionradio listeners. For more information about Cox MediaGroup, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.